A THUG bit a man on the nose after an argument over sectarianism.

Alastair Semple, 39, turned on Paul Boyden, 53, at Glasgow's Oran Mor bar in the city's West End on November 30, 2019.

Mr Boyden had intervened after his friend and Semple had the heated discussion.

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Semple then lashed out at Mr Boyden piercing through his nostril which required six stitches.

Semple pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault to Mr Boyden's severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

The court heard Mr Boyden and friend Michael Melvin were at a separate table to Semple and his friend.

Prosecutor Hannah Sweeney said: "Mr Melvin and Semple became involved in a verbal discussion.

"He felt Semple was expressing himself in inappropriate terms when setting out his views on sectarianism in the west of Scotland."

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Mr Boyden approached and the argument continued between them as Mr Melvin left the area.

Miss Sweeney added: "Mr Boyden moved towards Semple and he then bit his nose.

"This action resulted in a physical altercation taking place between Semple, his friend and Mr Boyden."

A 999 call was made and Mr Boyden was taken to hospital for his nose injury.

Sentence was deferred until next month for background reports by Sheriff Ian Fleming for background reports.

Temple, of Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, had his bail continued meantime.